The Republic (Bloom Translation) / Edition 2

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Overview


Long regarded as the most accurate rendering of Plato’s Republic that has yet been published, this widely acclaimed work is the first strictly literal translation of a timeless classic. This second edition includes a new introduction by Professor Bloom, whose careful translation and interpretation of The Republic was first published in 1968. In addition to the corrected text itself there is also a rich and valuable essay—as well as indexes—which will better enable the reader to approach the heart of Plato’s intention.

The most important of the Socratic dialogues, the Republic is concerned with the construction of an ideal commonwealth and thus is the earliest of utopias.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465069347
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/1991
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 487
  • Sales rank: 61,832
  • Lexile: 1160L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Allan Bloom is professor of social thought at the University of Chicago. The author of many books, including The Closing of the American Mind, he is also the translator of Rousseau’s Emile (Basic Books, 1979).
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2007

    a cornerstone of western philosophy

    do not be fooled! this book was (and still is) ages ahead of its time. there is no merely 'suspecting' that you understand this book. when you 'get it' you will 'know.' try to find an accurate translation and not one which is 'more culturally relevant today' - the idea that the Republic can be made 'culturally relevant' is all the more ridiculous considering that its implications are virtually eternal (and were meant to be). Socrates asks a lot of simple but very penetrating questions. a common and fatal error in contemporary Platonic scholarship (but even in the past) is the answering of each question (quickly) singly and missing the big picture. regardless of the historical existence of the philosophical Socrates or the historical occurence of the dialogues in the Republic, the account Plato has recorded for us in his book is among the most exact analyses of the human condition ever committed to paper. the vocabulary is not difficult, but some of the concepts will require close attention. it's better to read this book when you have some time to commit.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2002

    Decent Translation

    While the Republic is a great book to read, this translation tends to get confusing at times. I would not reccomend it for first year students or casual readers. Other translations, such as the Bloom translation, are written in a more intelligible style.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2005

    A well written and thought provoking book

    In 'The Republic', Plato attempts to outline an ideal society based on justice. The governemnt he suggests, however, is merely the backdrop for answering vital questions about human nature. Plato tries to define justice as well as philosophers, and argues that the just man is happier tha the unjust man. I highly recommend this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2005

    Re-Public Rules!

    The whole idea, the vast concepts of a public before publicity existed, the interpretation of preparing a public to function in its 're' status, and allowing women to vote... this is a must read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2005

    THE OK BOOK

    I think the book it's ok, but i do suggest to read because it tells about all the governments and the one he thinks its the best. But I think the most important is that it makes you think and makes you analyzed about things about today and about your life its you opinion if u dont like it but i think you just didn't put too much attention or really dont like books at all.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2004

    Needful reading

    This book is both boring and tedious to read. However, Plato's Republic is essential for all historians and political scientists. In the Republic, Plato exlpains the effective use of the NOBLE LIE. The Republic is not a book to create a government from, but a book to explain government.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2009

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    An excellent take on human society that's still relevant today

    While the language is 'heavy', and the interpretative essay does not hold you hand in exploring my significant ideas in rapid succession, it is a great work to explore and to understand.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2000

    The best translation out there!

    simply the best translation out there....I couldn't have gotten through my political science classes without it!

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